The ancestors of the name Fairewell date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Fairewell family lived near a pleasant spring or stream. The name Fairewell is derived from two Old English elements: fæger,
which means fair or beautiful; and well,
which was the name for a spring. There is a parish Farewell
, two miles from Lichfield.
Early Origins of the Fairewell family
The surname Fairewell was first found in Staffordshire
at Farewell, a parish, in the union of Lichfield, S. division of the hundred
of Offlow. The earliest record of the place was in 1200 when it was listed as Fagerwell. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Fairewell family
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Fairewell Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Fairewell are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Fairewell include: Farewell, Farwell, Fairwell and others.
Early Notables of the Fairewell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fairewell family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Fairewell or a variant listed above: James Farewell settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and servants.